By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Retail | Issue: June 2011
Lewis and Patricia Armbrister send portable buildings from their home to yours.
It seems to be a paradox – a business selling portable buildings owned by people known for their constancy. The truth is, Lewis and Patricia Armbrister, owners of Derksen Portable Buildings in Claremore, are among some of the most stable and longest running citizenry of Claremore.
“We will have been married 48 years in October, and we raised our family here,” says Patricia, referring to the land her home and business sit on, located on Country Club Road a few blocks behind Walmart. “When this was all just country, our boys used to hunt and fish this land and walk up and down this road.”
Lewis first encountered the property when he moved onto it with his parents in 1953 at the age of 15. “There wasn’t even any electricity here,” Lewis recounts. “My parents had to pay to put it in.” In later years, he and Patricia would make their home on the property and start a business, Rogers County Fence Company, which was the first fence company in Claremore and is still operational today. Five years ago, after having been asked several times by clients about a place to acquire quality portable buildings and having no place to recommend, the couple decided to open their own portable building business. Their research guided them to Derksen Portable Buildings.
The Armbristers chose Derksen because of its quality construction. Pressure treated materials, reinforced doors, and sturdy tresses are all part of a Derksen building. Roofs on these buildings are guaranteed for 20 years.
Several sizes and prices are available, and the Armbristers report that not only can these buildings be used for a variety of purposes – cabins, barns, sheds, garages, playhouses – but they can also save purchasers a tremendous amount of money compared to renting a storage facility, through Derksen Portable Buildings’ hassle free, rent-to-own policy. If they choose, clients can lease a building for 36 months at rates comparable to storage rent and then either own their building at the end or turn it back in at any time. No credit checks and early payoff is available without penalty. Delivery and setup are available at no extra charge.
Buildings are available for viewing, but customers do have choices, such as where to place windows and doors. This service is offered free, although the addition of extra doors and windows is an extra cost. Patricia is available to discuss options with you and help you decide how a building should be set up to best fit your needs. For Patricia, the best thing about selling these buildings is working with people. “I like making new friends and meeting people who come into the area. This is our home – we’ve made our living on this land.”
To visit Patricia and Lewis and view their collection of quality Derksen Portable Buildings, visit their Claremore location at the corner of Country Club Road and Reavis, or their Oologah location, right next to Sonic.